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I kinda get it. If you lose to Mizzou, you have a real good chance if losing to Vandy the next week
Butch Jones. Who???
I feel we should handle Mizzou. We should have beat them last year too. I just think if we lose to a team we should beat, it could really affect this team in a negative manner and probably end up losing to Aubrun the next weeks.. and from there, Butch coild lose the team. The one thing this team has proven is they can quit on a coach.
Sad to say and hate to say that.
The Vandy game is three weeks after the Missouri game.
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This post was edited by Resurgent Vol 9 months ago
Lose: South Bama, Austin Peay, or WKY. Take your pick, all would have the same reflection on a program painting itself as school on the rise. VU would be a close second to losing a 'give-me' game against a 'no-name' school. JMO.
Probably not fair to say, but that is what these kids know. I don't want that ro be the case at all.
You could put forward this combo every year. Hell in 1982 we managed to beat Bama and lose to Wonderbread in the same year. Go figure.
The big opportunity game is Oregon. Everyone on earth expects them to boatrace the Vols. Chance there to shock the world.
No ma'am. Losing to Vanderbilt is the worst sin a Tennessee coach can commit. It's worse than losing to Soddy-Daisy.
Losing to WKU would be devastating to the fan base and players or a poor performance vs. AP.
Most to gain is winning at Oregon or playing Oregon, Florida, Alabama to close loss. Those can give us more energy to beat the toss ups.
"Those with the most invested are the last to surrender."
For me the most to gain isn't Alabama or Florida for the simple fact that if you win one of those games that is a win that could change the whole program. For me the most to gain is South Carolina or Georgia. Win that game and you go into the homes of recruits and have the pitch why play for these programs when you can play with us as we are already on the way up.
The most to lose would be a loss to Kentucky or Mizzou as those are teams we have more talent then so if you lose those the question becomes can we just recruit and be the same game manager as Dooley and with those questions the rebuilding could be set back a year or two until you get talent slowly gained.
You are thinking incrementally. History suggests the traditional powers get well quickly. Tennessee jumps up and beats Oregon or Florida and the long Vol Nation nightmare is over.
Damn hinky phone.
This post was edited by Chartervol 9 months ago
We are going 14-0 this season. National champions are clad in Big Orange!
Bigod, stranger things have happened. +1.
Most to lose? Vandy for reasons explained.
Most to gain? I say Florida. Why? Because its still early enough in the season that maybe it installs some confidence for Georgia and USCjr and even Alabama later. You get by all three of those coming up to the Bama game then it's too late. Why want a momentum builder midway through the season so you can hope you win out? Why not have it early so you can maybe walk into Bryant Denny Stadium with some swag instead of walking in like you hope you eek out something?
UF sends a message to the fans and more importantly the players. Beat them and their not mentally sitting around thinking its the same old song and dance as the last five years.
However, if you shock the world and upset Oregon, you inevitably fall back to earth in the Swamp. I don't see any way a young team could pull off two overachieving upsets in a row on the road.
This post was edited by RockytopATL 9 months ago
No way we lose to WKU!
I couldn't agree more with the 2 games you chose. Their isn't a game on the schedule more important next year then Vandy when it comes to games that are very winnable. We have to take care of business against Jimmy Frank.
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Nothing says Butch is the man more then an upset in the swamp early in the season. Would erase all doubt that this is the same slouch of a team that outsiders are used to.
Most to lose: WVU
This game comes early in the season and can set the tone negatively early. This can be a moral demolishing
Most to Gain: UGA
A win over UGA would come after losses to OU UF and before games against USC and UA. It can be a much needed boost to finish out the season strong.
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Most to gain? Well beating a team that has won the national championship the past 2 years is the obvious answer. We see what it did for Texas A&M. However I don't think it's realistic so I will go with Florida and USCe being a close #2.
The most to lose? I say Western Kentucky because of where it is on the schedule. We lose to WKU and have to travel to Oregon and Florida the next 2 weeks which will be brutal on morale. Auburn, Missouri, and Vandy are 3 games that could go either way and games that I don't think we'd get crucified for losing. But a loss to WKU could start the "Butch is in over his head" perception way too early in the season and turn the recruiting momentum negatively.
If i had to chose - I'd take a loss to WKU and a win at Florida.
Good thing is. We ain't losing to Western.
Agreed, most do and honestly I think we will, we almost did Dooley's first year. But I also think that a win over South Carolina or Georgia would be big enough in our first year to make for a huge second year. With instate talent in those two states you start owning more of those states the others will take care of themselves. I think you would see the class for 2014 get even better and with the defensive player committed already from Georgia he can turn into a Wharton or Kelly and have that kind of reach.
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